The First Years Sounds for Silence Nursery Sound Machine | BABY 2 of 25
A little white noise in the nursery can provide a lot of peace and quiet for parents. For babies who are more musically inclined, the First Years Sounds for Silence also includes Mozart melodies along with its various white-noise settings.
Get it from Target, $24.99
Let’s face it: Babies don’t really need gadgets. Mom and Dad, on the other hand, could probably use a new digital thermometer — and with Vicks’ V980, you can gift new parents some peace of mind via convenient, one-second, one-touch fever detection.
Get it from Kaz, $49.99
Crayola ColorStudio HD with iMarker Stylus for iPad | TODDLER 4 of 25
Unlike Crayola crayons, the iMarker stylus won’t ruin your iPad’s screen. Rather, it works with Crayola’s ColorStudio HD app to turn your iPad into a virtual coloring book, complete with sound, animation, and games.
Get it from Griffin Technology, $29.99
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera | TODDLER 5 of 25
Thanks to a backward-rotating lens, little ones can easily turn Fisher-Price’s newest toddler camera on themselves. We, however, like the Kid Tough aspect — both models (it also comes in purple) are built to withstand lots of drops.
Get it from Amazon, $69.99
ZAZOO Kids Photo Clock with Digital Photo Frame and Music/Video | TODDLER 6 of 25
For kids who can’t yet tell time, ZAZOO marks the hour with colorful “awake” and “asleep” images. In other words: this could be just the incentive your little one needs to sleep in.
Get it from ZAZOO kids, $89
Power A LEGO Play 7 of 25
Not only does this kid-sized Wii controller make it easy for little ones to play, but with 31 LEGO bricks included, it also gives kids a toy to customize — bonus points for the square buttons, which nicely accommodate chubby fingers.
Get it from Toys ‘R’ US, $20
Coloud Marvel Ka-Pow! Headphones | KIDS 4-8 8 of 25
Our kids might not be able to pronounce “onomatopoeia” yet, but they’ll certainly recognize the action words emblazoned on these cushy, ear-hugging headphones — also available in several hero-specific designs.
Get it from Amazon, $39.90
Nintendo 3DS | KIDS 4-8 9 of 25
The newest DS delivers 3D play (perfect for the new Super Mario 3D Land game) without the glasses. Pair it with a tough, squishy NERF Armor protective case ($17.99 from PDP), and you’re ready to rule the play date.
Get it from Amazon, $169
Sony PlayStation 3 320GB Console | KIDS 4-8 10 of 25
With tons of storage for games, videos, photos, and music downloads as well as Wi-Fi streaming and 3D capability, Sony’s flagship console isn’t just a game system; it’s a complete home entertainment center in a box.
Get it from Amazon, $294.99
NERF Touchdown Alarm Clock | KIDS 8-12 11 of 25
Made for gridiron guys and gals who already have the Monday Night Football theme set as their ringtone, NERF’s Touchdown lets you wake to the sound of football calls and whistles. And, of course, the large snooze button is easily accessible.
Get it from Target, $19.99
THQ uDraw HD GameTablet for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii | KIDS 8-12 12 of 25
With its stylus pen and digital drawing surface, HQ’s uDraw is more than just a clever game controller. The included uDraw Studio game lets kids draw their ideas to life — and even create their own games — using your HD TV as a canvas.
Get it from Target, $79.99
Apple iPod nano with Multi-Touch | KIDS 8-12 13 of 25
With its petite size and reasonable price, the iPod Nano is Apple’s kid-friendliest MP3 player. This year’s Nano adds multi-touch controls and clock interfaces — making it perfect for slap-on watch straps such as Disney’s Magic Band ($24.99 from PDP).
Get it from Apple, $129
Xbox 360 4G Console with Kinect | KIDS 8-12 14 of 25
Microsoft’s Kinect turns your entire body into a video game controller, but of course you need an Xbox 360 to play it. This bundle packs both as well as a copy of the high-energy game Kinect Adventures! — for working off those holiday calories.
Get it from Amazon, $299.99
Speakal iHog 2.1 iPod Docking Station Speaker System | MOM 15 of 25
As you might expect from looking at it, Speakal’s iHog packs ample sound into its four built-in speakers. It also runs up to six hours off a rechargeable battery, so Mom can easily take her, ahem, pet from the den to the office and back again.
Get it from Amazon, $118.29
Apple iPhone 4S | MOM 16 of 25
Just as we were savoring the iPhone 4 honeymoon, along comes the iPhone 4S with its improved camera and next-level voice search. Savings tip: Trade in Mom’s old iPhone at your local Target to get $120 or more off a new 4S model.
Get it from Apple, $199 with contract
Canon PowerShot S100 12.1MP Digital Camera | MOM 17 of 25
Canon’s new high-end point-and-shoot model packs a ton of megapixels, but we also love its ability to capture 1080p video with stereo sound as well as its amazing nighttime performance — perfect for shooting under Friday night lights.
Get it from Amazon, $429
Roku 2 Streaming Media Player | MOM 18 of 25
Ready to cut the cable? With Roku 2, you can wirelessly stream movies and TV from Amazon, Netflix, and more — and, thanks to a Wii-style remote control (available on the $100 XS model), you can even play games such as the included Angry Birds.
Get it from Roku, $59.99
Logitech Harmony Link | DAD 19 of 25
He’s already lost every remote control in the house, but with Harmony Link turning his prized iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone into a universal TV/stereo remote, Dad will be a little more cautious — and have a lot more fun — in the den.
Get it from Logitech, $99.99
Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Color Tablet and e-Reader | DAD 20 of 25
With millions of titles available, Amazon’s new tablet is a gateway to every book or magazine Dad could ever want to read. But Kindle Fire also includes access to TV, movies, and apps, so Dad can fill his stocking with games and other eye candy.
Get it from Amazon, $199.99
Drobo 2nd Generation Media Storage Array | DAD 21 of 25
Dad’s been promising to organize the family’s digital photo library for years. With Drobo — a networked media-storage gizmo perfect for non-techies — he’ll have a pet project for the holiday break, and you’ll finally have all your images in one place.
Get it from Drobo, $399
Kodak PlayFull Waterproof Video Camera | GRANDPARENTS 22 of 25
Waterproof and built to withstand everyday bumps and bruises, Kodak’s PlayFull shoots HD video and easily fits in a purse or pocket. We also love the one-button video sharing, which makes it simple for gramps to send videos through email or Facebook.
Get it from Amazon, $89.95
Biscotti TV Phone | GRANDPARENTS 23 of 25
Why crowd around a webcam when you can chat with the grandkids on your HD TV? Biscotti’s remote-controlled camera captures the entire room, letting you easily make video calls from your TV to a PC, smartphone, or other similarly equipped TV.
Get it from Biscotti, $199
Grace Digital Audio: The Victoria Nostalgic Internet Radio | GRANDPARENTS 24 of 25
Ease Grandma and Grandpa into the 21st century with this classically styled Internet radio, which not only packs far better sound than Grandpa’s 1934 RCA Victor console but also picks up talk and music programs from Pandora, SiriusXM, and more.
Get it from Grace Digital Audio, $229.99
For families that have yet to part with their landline, this clever home phone offers three handsets, an answering machine, and the ability to link to your iPhone or Android smartphone, so you’ll never miss a call again.
Get it from Amazon, $79.35